Prime Minister, Muhammad Salem Basindwa, on Wednesday said the era of arrogance has gone and that the law applies to all Yemeni citizens without expectations or discrimination.
At the launch of the first conference on youth institutional initiatives, which was held under the theme: institutional building….development of communities, the premier said: "we want to focus on good things and Yemen is the home of all of us". "All the people…the poor, the powerful and the rich… are equally treated under the law".
"This is the country of all and no one can be big except with what they do and sacrify for the country. For me, the youths, who sacrificed their souls for their country, must be put ahead of the most senior official in Yemen," he said.
Basindwa hailed youth initiatives, saying the people behind them really care about their country at this moment.
The conference was organized by the Himmat Shabab Society in association with youth civil society partners and the Yemeni Businessmen Council with the aim to magnify the effect of the institutional work on development of the society.
"I am standing before this great orientation..referring to youth initiatives.. which explains the sense of responsibility among the youths and deepens our feeling of pride with the maturity and awareness of our youths," he said.
"After leading the revolution in 2011, here you are setting another example based on your awareness of the urgent need of your society for your role and institutional work as its tool and soul," he continued.
He said Yemen needs such kind of initiatives, as he called for consolidating the partnership among the youth associations which pilot community development and stress the importance of the role of the youths toward their country.
Furthermore, he urged the youths to play a key role in the democratic transition in Yemen, especially participation in all efforts to hold a successful comprehensive national dialogue.
Head of the Himmat Shabab, Murad Mutahar, said the conference aims to present the concept of institutional work and its role in community development.
About 120 participants from across the republic are discussing all viewpoints to have a unified vision to come up with a single project of initiatives in Yemen, he said.
In his speech, head of the Yemeni Businessmen Council, Fathi Abdul Wasi, called for adopting youth initiatives which can be reflected on businesses as part of community responsibility.
"There should be good partnership between the private sector and the youths based on good education by the youth and absorbing the well-educated ones by the private sector," he said. "The youths make up about 33% of Yemen's population and we all should pay attention to their skills and roles".